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Project information

Bake a DIfference

Baking bread and other quality food is a great skill to have. It helps you stay healthy, save money, earn money and provide gifts and food to family and friends. Young people with mental health problems, working with bakers, can develop these skills and improve their mental health at the same time

4 months

Charity information: Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust logo
  • Need


    Young people with mental health problems struggle at school and college, especially as the focus on competition and academia increases. Alternative opportunities to gain socially and economically useful skills in a supportive environment are needed. Baking skills include food hygeine, team working, time keeping and self-management skills that are sought by employers.


    Baking provides immediate feedback about what works and what doesn't. The satisfaction of a job well done is rewarded by delicious food. Baking together enables young people of different abilities and volunteers to work collectively to produce quality sustainable food. Alongside therapy and practical support, the Bake a Difference project will help young people back to health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage 20 young people with mental health problems in Bake a Difference for 12 weeks.


    » Work with partner organisations and our counsellors to identify those who can benefit from the project, and support them once involved.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Attendance records and statements from young people

    Aim 2

    15 young people to gain relevant level 2 qualifications over 4 months.


    » Support young people to acheive qualifications through practical projects.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Qualifications and statements from young people

  • Impact


    Reduce need for longer term mental health problems (in adulthood);
    Improved family relationships (surveys)
    Improved mental health (assessments)


    Will we attract the young people? There is inadequate alternative education provision already, and we have good links with other organisations.

    Will we have the staff who can deliver the project? We have good links with catering organisations through our weddings business, and have great counsellors and mentor staff.


    Quarterly reports, including photos and comments from young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,850 Catering equipment Oven, bowls, tables, storage and ingredients
      £1,000 marketing Marketing and branding for produce
      £1,200 outreach & admin 80 hours promoting the project
      £4,800 tutors Catering tutors to bake with
      £1,100 evaluation 30hrs of independent evaluation + report
  • Background


    Mirfield, between Huddersfield and Dewsbury in West Yorkshire


    Young people who take part in the project, their families who get some free produce, volunteers who join the project, local people who buy the produce, local businesses that sell the produce or support the project.

    We're based in a wealthy area, but most of the children we support come from the poorest areas of Kirklees.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We've been established 50 years as a children's mental health charity. We have a great building including a big kitchen, which is underused.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Handmade Bakery

    They will provide the baking expertise.